It was a bitter Joan Gamper. Without detracting much less the figure of Sergio Busquets, all the Catalans were tightened a little more that lump in the throat that they have been dragging for a few days. Not seeing Leo Messi in the presentation of the team is hard, it gives the feeling that something is missing, that there is still one last turn of the script typical of a bad movie. But no, it is gone and we are facing the inevitable and unsuspected end saddest possible.
Outside of the sentimental scope it is necessary to admit that the party of the Barça was well above the expected. In addition to the result, that against a whole Juventus with the vast majority of its starting players is more than good, the team was the owner and lord of the game at all times.
As soon as the match started, Ronald Koeman’s team went ahead after a great play by Yusuf Demir that yielded for Memphis Depay to define perfectly. The second goal came after a cross from the Dutch forward who was headed by Braithwaite, and the third, after a very precise play of touch around the entire field that ended with a left-footed shot from Riqui Puig that smelled like a tribute to Messi.
The feelings of the game were much more positive than negative. It must also be remembered that two of the best players on the team are not available, such as Pedri and Frenkie de Jong. Next Sunday, August 15, Barça will debut in the league championship against Real Sociedad, a key match to avoid repeating the disaster that occurred at the beginning of last season.
Barcelona has a much deeper squad than what is being discussed, but it is true that right now the Catalans cannot stop to think about the players on their team, as they all continue to debate that internal dichotomy between denial and tears for what has been and will be the greatest.